Spotted on Like A Hammer in the Sink, a review of last week’s Cuckooland: Revisited performance at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall as part of this year’s Sounds New Festival. Some dynamic sketches of the performers too…
Ahead of her appearance at Sounds New 2014, I put Three Questions to Twisted Lounge’s Elaine Mitchener.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a classically trained vocalist noted for mixing vocal styles drawing from sources as varied as contemporary new music, gospel, soul, jazz, and experimental/free improvisation. I am honoured to have had the chance to perform with and learn from some of the leading figures in the field of free jazz, contemporary new music, free-improv… I won’t name names here but for those interested please visit my website here.
What excites you about contemporary music ?
I am excited by great performances of contemporary music by artists committed to what they’re doing, communicating it and taking us on that journey with them. By contemporary I do not necessarily or only mean contemporary classical new music, but a much wider musical context.
What can we expect from your visit to Sounds New in May ?
Expect the unexpected! Okay, do not come with any expectations, be open to the experience.
Elaine performs with the Brodsky Quartet and Matt Wright as part of the Robert Wyatt Project at Sounds New on May 5th. Find out more about the event online here.
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